CSR Awareness Program
Women Hygiene Drive
More than 300 million, women and girls in India do not have access to safe menstrual hygiene products, endangering their health, curtailing their education and putting their livelihoods at risk.
At least 23 percent of girls in India leave school when they start menstruating and the rest miss an average of five days during each monthly menstrual period between the ages of 12 and 18 years, according to WSSCC, (Geneva-based Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council) (WSSCC).. This Initiative of OXIGEN is the outcome of findings arising from rural interactions.
- The initial effort is to undertake health camps that included menstrual hygiene and create awareness on adopting hygienic practices during the menstrual periods. This awareness effort included distribution of sanitary pads and advising them on usage and disposal of used pads.
- Further this initiative will be taken ahead where by local women can be trained and supported in manufacturing of sanitary napkins which will serve the double purpose of livelihood opportunities to the women and also make the product available to the rural audience, enabling them to adopt hygienic practices.
The expected outcomes of the program are:
- The program will be able to minimize the incidents of Reproductive tract infections in women and girls.
- Develop habit of using sanitary napkins during periods to maintain hygiene.
- This program will be able to bring reduction in absenteeism.
- Socio economic empowerment of Self-Help groups (SHGs).